In a horrific display of insensitivity and lack of compassion, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) trashed a memento given to her inside the U.S. Capitol that represented one of the 19 children killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, last year.
In a video posted on social media, gun control advocate Elijah Pelton is seen walking with Boebert down a hallway inside the U.S. Capitol and trying to hand her a flier with information about Maite Rodriguez, a 10-year-old girl who was a victim of the Uvalde mass shooting.
The flier featured Rodriguez’s story and a photo of a mural painted in her honor. It also had info about the green Converse she wore when she was killed. Attached to the flier was an enamel pin with a design of her tennis shoes.
After Pelton hands Boebert the flier and pin, another gun control advocate, Sarah Fishkind, who is recording their interaction with the congresswoman, says, “We hope you can take action on gun violence prevention.” Then, before Boebert turns the corner in the hallway, she tosses the flier and pin into a trash can.
In another video posted by Fishkind, she and Pelton walk to the trash can and see that the flier and pin had, in fact, been thrown away. Fishkind lets out a short gasp, and Pelton tells her to “take a picture of that.”
Rodriguez’s mother responded with her own video showing the beautiful tattoo of her daughter she got on her arm. “You can toss a card away, but the world will know her name,” she tweeted. “Maite! Is her name, and she matters. Maite will bring change.”